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Now that we have had time to digest the events of this past weekend and reflect, it is time to thank the people who made the SSNL Girls ‘A’ Basketball Provincials possible.

First and foremost we would like to thank our parent and community volunteers who did such great work in all areas; fantastic food in the canteen, setting up the banquet, great hospitality,  cheering for our team, and helping out everywhere they could.  We love to see our parents in our building and we really couldn’t pull off an event like this without them; they are a vital part of our school community.  THANK YOU ALL!!!

We also need to thank our student volunteers who worked tirelessly to prepare for the tournament.  During the tournament we had students score-keeping, running our live stream of games on-line, hosting teams (unlocking doors and bringing milk and oranges after every game), sweeping floors during and between games, selling tickets, and running errands all weekend.  We had over 40 student volunteers this past weekend and this showed both their school spirit and pride; volunteering can often be a thankless job,  but we wanted to make sure you here your school say THANK YOU!!!

We also need to thank our staff for all their work; Mr. Baker for convening (which is a HUGE job in itself) and coaching and Ms. Parrott for coaching, and both for their many hours preparing for this tournament; Mr. Cook for refereeing, scheduling teams and scorekeepers, organizing the skills competition, and updating our twitter and website, Mr. Mulrooney for refereeing, working on the skills competition,  and making sure the outside world could watch on our live stream.  Mr. Blackmore for his work with the opening ceremonies, medal presentations, and anywhere else he was asked to help.  And last, but certainly not least, we have to thank Sandy Wiseman for all her work, that can sometimes go unnoticed.  She went above and beyond as always and kept the office and school running  as many sought her help and advice on issues that had arisen.  We certainly couldn’t do it without you Sandy!!!

It was an amazing tournament that saw some great basketball action. We had teams from all across Newfoundland & Labrador and they got a taste of Random Island hospitality.  We have gotten positive feedback from teams experiences here at RIA and we have our Parents, students, staff, and community to thank for that.  THANK YOU ALL ONCE AGAIN!!!


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